Recognising Emotional Vulnerability and Seeking Validation Online | Secondary

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Recognising Emotional Vulnerability and Seeking Validation Online | Secondary

This webinar will provide senior leaders, designated safeguarding leads and teaching staff with practical advice and guidance on how to identify the signs of emotional vulnerability, and how to support young people in building their internal validation and resilience in a destigmatising way.

Adolescents seek approval, often from friends, to feel validated and good about themselves. With an artificially extended peer group available online, however – and a proliferation of sites and communities which promote self-harm, eating disorders or suicide, this quest for validation can lead young people into dangerous areas.

In this webinar Dr Rina Bajaj, counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience of working with children, focuses on mental health and wellbeing and discusses the human need for belonging, outlines the normal processes of forming social connections, and highlights the risks associated with seeking online validity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehending the motivations, potential impacts and possible risks of young people going online to seek external validation.

  • Recognising the signs of emotional vulnerability in young people and appreciating which factors may make certain children more likely to develop it.

  • Gaining the tools to understand risk-related signs and help build digital resilience – including understanding the influence of content promoting self-harm, suicide and eating disorders.

  • Assimilating appropriate ways to communicate with young people about managing their emotions effectively and staying safe on the internet.

  • Identifying trusted, helpful resources that can be used productively with students within a secondary school setting.

Dr Rina Bajaj

About The Expert

Dr Rina Bajaj

Rina is a counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents and adults.
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